Forever 27: Both Jim Morrison and Brian Jones Died On This Date At Age 27

On July 3, 1969, founding Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool after a midnight swim. The coroner’s report labeled his passing a “death by misadventure,” and noted that his liver and heart were greatly enlarged by heavy drug and alcohol abuse. He was 27 years old.

Exactly two years later, on July 3, 1971, singer, songwriter, poet and leader of The Doors Jim Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France. While it was never medically confirmed, it is believed that he died of a heart attack brought on by an accidental heroin overdose. He was 27 years old.

Jones and Morrison are part of a group of musicians referred to collectively as the “Forever 27 Club.” The name refers to the statistically improbable fact that several legendary musicians have met an untimely demise at the age of 27, usually due to suicide or drug abuse. The club also includes iconic artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and, most recently, Amy Winehouse.

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